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OAKLAND CHILDRENS FAIRYLAND INC

aka Children's Fairyland   |   Oakland, CA   |  www.fairyland.org

Mission

The mission of Children's Fairyland is to spark imagination and a desire to learn by bringing stories to life through immersive experiences. The vision of Children's Fairyland is to serve as an inclusive community oasis where the magic, joy, and transformative power of stories and play are unlocked for generations of children and families.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Ms. Kymberly Miller

Main address

699 Bellevue Ave

Oakland, CA 94610 USA

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EIN

94-3209054

NTEE code info

Parks and Playgrounds (N32)

Performing Arts (A60)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

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Learning Through Play

With 40 whimsical storybook exhibits, 27 Magic Key-activated Talking Storybook Boxes, three stages, gentle animals, and eight acres of lush gardens, Children’s Fairyland is designed to delight visitors of all ages, but especially those under eight years old. Children can act out classic stories, make up their own narratives using their imaginations, or participate in engaging programs tailored to the early childhood years. By interacting with our exhibits and programs, children develop a variety of skills including language acquisition and literacy, critical thinking, advanced motor skills through climbing, sliding and running, and executive functions.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Storybook Puppet Theater at Children’s Fairyland opened in 1956, and is the oldest continuously operating puppet theater in the United States. This is where many young children experience their first live performance, and they realize benefits in the development of language, story comprehension, empathy, and humor. Fairyland presents three puppet shows a day, from a repertoire of more than 150 shows that are all original productions.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth

Children’s Fairyland aims to be an inclusive community oasis where all children have equal access to play, a cherished part of childhood that provides children with important developmental benefits. Fairyland is actively reducing barriers to play at our park through Fairyland for All, a reduced price ticketing and membership program for families participating in government assistance programs (CalFresh/SNAP, EBT, BIC or WIC). Participants can enter the park with a $5 per person admission, and can access a free year-long membership as early as their second visit.

Population(s) Served
Low-income people

For decades, Children’s Fairyland has partnered with school districts and early learning centers to provide a safe environment for children to play and explore stories. We provide field trips with optional life science add-on programs that use storytelling to bring science concepts to life for 7,000 children in transitional kindergarten (TK) through 2nd grade each year, and for our most under-resourced schools, we provide free bus charters and free admission.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Fairyland Flora & Fauna provides students with outdoor life science programming designed to bring out their inner naturalist. Children’s Fairyland’s field trip experiences explore plants and animals through hands-on activities, storytelling, and play! Teachers may choose between four 30-minute workshop options exploring germination, pollinators, the five senses, and vermicompost. The lessons were designed by Fairyland educators to be aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Children’s Theatre program at Children’s Fairyland is a year-round program that trains youth ages 8 to 11 in the performing arts, and presents theatre performances for children by children. Participants portray characters from folklore and children’s literature in stage productions at the park, and all performances are included with Fairyland admission. The main goal of Children’s Theatre is to provide youth with creative experiences in a nurturing environment, while cultivating enduring life skills such as leadership, commitment, responsibility and self-efficacy.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Youth Writers’ Workshop at Children’s Fairyland gives youth ages 8 to 14 the opportunity to tell their own rich and meaningful stories. The program is co-taught by Fairyland’s Education staff and a local children’s author and uses the power of imagination and writing to break down barriers to success for youth from under-resourced communities. The program culminates with two significant milestones: the publishing of student work in an anthology to share with one another and the world, and presenting an excerpt of their written work alongside prominent authors at Children's Fairyland’s Book Festival, an annual celebration of local children’s books and their creators.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth
Children and youth
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Where we work

Financials

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OAKLAND CHILDRENS FAIRYLAND INC

Board of directors
as of 12/04/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Theresa Nelson

Theresa Nelson and Associates

Term: 2015 -

Dan Altemus

Attorney, Arbitrator (retired)

Karen Boyd

Goodwill of San Francisco Bay

Nashwa Emam

Berkeley High School

Glenn Voyles

Community Volunteer

Kyle Milligan

Independent Artist

Jana Pastena

Restaurateur, HR & Legal Professional

Javay Ross

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals Oakland

Addisu Demissie

50+1 Strategies

Denys Duffy

Union Bank

Michael Hunt

Oakland Fire Department

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/4/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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